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The W. S. Hancock Society
is dedicated to educating the public about the
history and life of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock.
As part of our work, we
provide interpretive and educational
outreach programs and historical consulting work for various private,
state and federal organizations throughout the United States,
as well as, serving as a support organization for those sites related to
the history and memory of Winfield Scott Hancock. This is accomplished
through a variety of media contacts, public living history demonstrations,
historical displays and fund raising efforts for the preservation and
restoration of these sites, structures and monuments.
In an ongoing attempt to
remember his heroic deeds and honorable
dedication to the United States Constitution, we also conduct Memorial Day
services at his mausoleum in Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania
and at his headquarters' cannon located in Gettysburg National Military Park
every Remembrance Day.
As the W. S. Hancock
Society, it is our pledge to pursue these endeavors accurately,
with the dignity and honor befitting this great American.
The restoration included
removing 2 inches of cement from the roof
On the interior, the resting
place of the General and his daughter were determined
An outside area beautification
included surveying the Hancock plot, planting rows
Today, the maintenance of the
mausoleum is administered
Recently, we have formed a coalition of various Civil War related groups to work with us in the huge job surrounding the renovation of the Smith Memorial which stands in West Fairmount Park just outside the city of Philadelphia. This gigantic Civil War monument is dedicated to the Union generals who hailed from Pennsylvania. Of course, there is an equestrian statue of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock as he appeared leading the funeral procession of Ulysses Grant along with one of General George B. McClellan and two standing statues on pedestals of General George Gordon Meade and General John F. Reynolds. Other lesser generals have busts tucked away in little alcoves on the monument.
The city of Philadelphia's Arts and Culture Council tell us there is no money for this project so, in order to keep our fragile heritage alive, it is a job we feel compelled to do! Your donations for this work (which in total we are told will be about a half million dollars)would be greatly appreciated.
Another facet of our society is our deep commitment to the preservation of beautiful Montgomery Cemetery where General Hancock, along with four other Civil War generals, rest. This Victorian cemetery was once the premiere burial site in Montgomery County. Today, hard work by committed volunteers will be required to bring it back from the neglect and decay it has suffered over the years. The Historical Society of Montgomery County now holds the deed to this piece of Norristown History and are currently raising funds to finance the back breaking work associated with restoring and maintaining an American Treasure.
THE SUPERB HISTORY OF MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
Click on Picture to Reveal his Story
If you are interested in
becoming a member of The W. S. Hancock Society,
please send us your yearly $10.00 dues which will entitle you to our
quarterly newsletter and a membership card. You can send your
The W.S. Hancock Society
1939 West Marshall St. Norristown, PA 19403
Please make your check payable to The W. S. Hancock Society.
We also accept donations towards the restoration of the equestrian
statue or the mausoleum at the same address. Please mark on your
check where you would like your donation to go.
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